Everyone knows that setting a calendar reminder 28 days in advance is the only way to get a reservation at Pizzeria Beddia in Philly or Carbone in Manhattan, but you should also keep it in mind if you plan on eating at Black Eyed Susans in Harvey Cedars. This BYOB spot is constantly packed with people celebrating special occasions, like a kid’s completion of freshman year, or an anniversary (while their freshman kid raids their liquor cabinet back at the house). The reason this white tablecloth restaurant is constantly slammed is the seafood-focused American food, like doughy, charred gnocchi with big chunks of lobster, and tender tilefish over thick vichyssoise.
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If you want to eat overlooking the water on Long Beach Island, do it at Parker’s Garage in Beach Haven.
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